Remember that whole bit from back in July, where Mariano Rivera’s doctor said that the closer could pitch again this year? Brian Cashman shot down that report soon after, basically ending our hopes of seeing Mo before 2013. Earlier this week Cashman reiterated his stance, but in doing so he told a story that I haven’t seen anyone report.
In August [Rivera] threw in the Yankee Stadium outfield in front of pitching coach Larry Rothschild.
“He went out there on his own earlier [in August] and caused a ruckus,” Cashman said. “We had to smoke him on that: ‘What the hell are you doing? Now all these guys think you’re coming back.’ The doctor — his doctor, the surgery doctor — was like, ‘Stop! What are you doing?’ “
I have to think that if MO had his way, he’d be on the ALDS roster ready to close out Sunday’s game.